• St. Basil's Cathedral and Red Square, Moscow, Russia
    St. Basil's Cathedral and Red Square, Moscow

Russia

Enigmatic. Intimidating. Fascinating. Boasting some of the most spectacular cities, churches, and fortresses on earth, wrapped in a culture that's as monolithic and xenophobic as its onetime rival (us), Russia is an exciting frontier for adventurous Western travelers. It is by no means an easy place to be a tourist — but for hardy travelers, Russia is invigorating, intoxicating, and undoubtedly worthwhile.